earth is a strange place, 2017
(project in development)
On May 20th 2017 at a fleamarket in Vienna, I stumbled upon five metal slide storage boxes with more than five hundred diapositives dated from 1958 to 1961.
After going through the process of removing the frames from the slides, cleaning, scanning and chronologically ordering, the diapositives turned out to be a documentation of research done by a group of extraterrestrials who, disguised as humans, traveled to earth in the early sixties in search for a habitable planet and documented their endeavour with an analogue camera and a journal titled 'earth is a strange place'.
After two years their research was completed
and they left for their home planet. Due to unforseen circumstances during their take off, they had to leave the exposed film and the journal behind.
The project is a true story about the synthesis of realism and fiction, preconcieved opinions about the truth as well as the longing for belonging and reminiscing of a future past.